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Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

Hi everyone, hope you are keeping safe after the disastrous week, we’ve all been having with storm Ciara causing chaos and destruction up and down the country. My heart goes out to all those that have lost there homes and place of business.

Valentine’s Day as come around once again. It is day that is for everyone, not just for those that are already in a romantic entanglement. You never know what the day may bring, for you could be about to embark on a new romance, or you might find the answer behind the mystery valentine card that you received. Love can come all year round, but this day is full of romance, mystery and finding out who is your secret admirer, it gives some the courage to say how they feel, and you never know you might find your true love along the way,

February 14 may be the most romantic day of the year, but there is much more to this holiday than just that. When the Roman Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage in 270 AD, but Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women. It had to be all done in secret, so that the Emperor never found out. Even though it was traditional that men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as this was a sign of good luck and a start to a “blooming” relationship. Today we continue to celebrate love on February 14, the day that Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, to the more modern chocolate and teddy bears.

Here are a few facts about Valentine’s Day that will enlighten you to what this day really means.

Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • In the 1300s, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • The first valentine was sent in the 15th century. The oldest record of a valentine being sent, was a poem written by a French medieval duke named Charles to his wife in 1415. Charles penned this sweet note to his lover while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London at just 21 years old. One of the lines in the poem? “I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.”
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • The heart is associated with Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions.
  • Not until the 1840s did we get the first mass-produced valentines. People started exchanging cards and handwritten letters to both lovers and friends during the 17th century, but it was in the 1840s that the first Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced in the U.S., sold by Esther A. Howland. Known as the “Mother of the American Valentine,” Howland is credited with commercializing Valentine’s Day cards in America, and she is remembered for her elaborate, crafty cards made with lace and ribbons.
  • The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. In addition to creating arguably the richest, creamiest, and sweetest chocolate on the market, Richard Cadbury also introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868,
  • The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol. According to Time, the heart was once widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, where feelings of love were recorded. However, we have French and Italian artists from the 14th century to thank for the symbol that we know and love today, as they were the first ones to start using this motif in their work.
  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  • Cupid’s bow and arrow aren’t just for show. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, Medium reports. According to CNN, he’s often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards. Christmas is the first most popular…
  • Approximately 27 percent of those who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are women. Only 73% are men.
  • 13220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
  • Every Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona, Italy receives thousands of letters addressed to Juliet, from the character from Romeo and Juliet. Volunteers from the Juliet club respond to each letter and awards the “Cara Giulietta” (“Dear Juliet”) prize to the author of the most romantic letter.
  • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • Red rose is a favorite flower of Venus. For this reason, red rose is also the symbol of Valentine’s Day. All over the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14.
  • The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
  • The name Valentine is derived from a Latin word meaning valor.
  • The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
  • On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different colored roses have different meanings. Red means love, yellow means friendship, and pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.

5 Flowers Searched The Most For Valentine’s Day

There are five flowers that are searched the most for valentine’s Day, but before you go out and spend your money on the flowers make sure you know what the intended person likes, as you don’t want any awkward moments on a day that is full of romance.

Valentine’s Roses

There is no surprise that roses came top of the list for being the number one searchable flower. Roses are associated with romance, passion and beauty so its no surprise that their are over 51% of people who tend to buy red roses for Valentine’s Day. There are 150 different ones for you to choose from, that is bound to fit your valentine’s taste.

Carnations

Carnations are right behind roses in the popularity contest, it is likely down to their affordable price, and feminine style. It is a good pick for any new relationship that as just started, or at their early stages. Carnations have multiple choices of different colours for you to choose from, so you are certain to find one to fit your valentine’s style.

Valentine’s Lilies

Whether it is red, pink, white or orange, lilies they are an ideal choice for a more elegant and sophisticated recipient, you cannot go wrong with lilies as they have a variety of colours to choose from, Casa Blanca lilies are for a more dramatic effect, that surely please someone with a refined taste.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is also known by two other names, Peruvian Lily and Lily of the Incas, it is a popular flower choice for this holiday. The buds are a fitting selection to have in a bouquet as they compliment the other flower buds nicely, particularly red and pink roses and the lavender waxflower. They are one of the longest lasting cuts of flowers, that have multiple blooms per stem. They signify devotion, which makes them a good choice for that special person in your life.

Valentine’s Tulips

Tulips are still an excellent choice of flower to give to a special valentine, even though they appear to have a simpler appearance to them.  You have a multitude of colors to choose from, that would fit in with your valentine’s taste, also red tulips are away of signifying your declaration of love, making this the perfect choice for this holiday.

Thank you for stopping by. See you next week!

Libraries of Old

Hi everyone this week I wanted to do about the oldest, but legendary libraries that were built so long ago. I love researching and uncovering things that we now take for granted, but what was it like back then.

5 Ancient Libraries

1. The Library of Ashurbanipal

The library of Ashurbanipal is the world’s oldest known library to date, it was founded during the 7th century B.C. The site itself is located in Nineveh Iraq, which included a treasure trove of 30,000 cuneiform tablets and was organized by subject matter. It contained mostly archival documents, scholarly texts and religious incantations. It also housed many works of literature including the 4,000 year old “Epic of Gilgamesh.” Over time Ashurbanipal compiled works from Babylonia and other places he conquered, which all went into creating this library. Archaeologists had stumbled upon the ruins in the mid to late 19th century and found the majority of its content, which now is kept in the British Museum in London.

2. The Library of Alexandria

When Alexander the Great’s died in 323 B.C. the control of Egypt now had fallen to his former general Ptolemy I Soter, whom sought out a place, so that he could have a learning centre. the end result was the Library of Alexandria which became the intellectual gem of the ancient world. There is not much that is known about the sites layout of the building, but it held over 500,000 papyrus that contains works of literature and texts of history, law, mathematics and science. The library and associated research institute attracted scholars from all sides of the Mediterranean, which saw many living on site.

3. The Library of Pergamum

The Library of Pergamum was constructed in the third century by members of Attalid dynasty, it is located in what now is known as Turkey, that housed 200,000 scrolls and it was situated in the temple complex devoted to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, that comprises of four rooms, there’s three for the library and all its contents and the fourth was used as a conference room that would hold meetings and banquets.

4. The Villa of the Papyri

The Villa of the Papyri is by know means the largest library of antiquity. This library is just only one whose collections have survived to this present day. It houses 1,800 scrolls that were located in the city of Herculaneum in Rome. The villa was more likely to of been built by Julius Caesars father-in-law Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus. During the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. the library was buried but it was preserved under 90 foot of volcanic material. The scrolls were not discovered until the 18th century and modern researchers have used a variety of things on them, from x-rays to multispectral imaging so they can finally read the scrolls, but there are still a lot that is yet to be deciphered.

5. The Imperial Library of Constantinople

The Imperial Library of Constantinople came into existence in the fourth century A.D. but was under Constantine the Great, it was a small library until the fifth century, by now its collection had grown to a staggering 120,000 scrolls and codices. Due to the neglect of the Imperial Library it continued to wax and wane for several centuries and it was also plagued with having several fires due to the neglect of one of the worlds historical places. Nevertheless its scribes and scholars are now credited in preserving countless pieces of both ancient Greek and Roman literature by making parchments copies of deteriorating papyrus scrolls.

Thank you for taking the time in read this. See you all next week!

Father’s Day Out Ideas

Hi everyone, this week’s post will be about places you can go on Father’s Day. It doesn’t matter if it is with your real dad, a stepfather or someone that has been a permanent role model in your life, it’s for those who chose to stick around.

To me a dad as to earn that title. I was fortunate to have this amazing man who to me was a better father figure than my biological one. This time of year is kind of hard for me, as this truly amazing man was sadly took from us seven years ago.

Places To Go:

Indoor Activities

What if it rains? Well if the weather is going to be as bad as it is during this week, you may want to start looking at something to do inside on Father’s Day. Here is a few ideas just to get you started:

Team Sport Karting

Father's Day Out, Go Karting

Why not take dad Go Karting, it is a good day out for the whole family. The track length is up to an epic 1000m, so enough space to have a friendly competition, Dad VS Kids. The first one round the final lap, can chose where to go next, chose a movie, or even have your favorite dessert! There are 33 Team Sport Karting venues, right across the UK, featuring multi-level tracks. So why not come on down and have a fun day out.
https://www.team-sport.co.uk/

The Dinosaur Museum
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The Dinosaur Museum is one of a kind in Great Britain, as this is the only museum dedicated solely to the fascinating world of dinosaurs. It is Britain’s award winning museum. This museum consists of life sized reconstructions of the dinosaurs, using fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands on experience. Using a hands on display can help tell the story of these prehistoric animals and you will be enthralled by the world that happened millions of years ago. This museum is fascinating and has you mesmerised from start to finish. It is a great day out for the family, and you get to learn a lot about these pre-historic animals, that once ruled the earth. Just click below to visit the website.
https://www.thedinosaurmuseum.com/

Blue Planet Aquarium
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The Blue Planet Aquarium is a captivating underwater world, just waiting for you to come and discover all of its wonders. It is home to more than 100 living displays, as well as one of Europe largest collection of sharks, this aquarium offers plenty of marine life to revel in. You can go and have a wander to the Coral Cave, or take a trip to the Underwater Shark Tunnel and watch them swim over your head, or head down to the Flooded Forest and look at some exotic fish. There are 14 shows daily, where you see the divers feeding the fish at their spectacular Aqua Theatre presentation, There you will learn more about the aquatic animals of the ocean. For more details click on the link below.
https://www.blueplanetaquarium.com/

Cinema Trip

Father's Day Out, Cinema

If it’s miserable outside this Father’s Day, why not kick back at the cinema and watch a film that your dad has been dying to see. It doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at home, so don’t let the weather stop you from having fun and spending quality time with your family… Taking dad and the kids out for a cinema trip and afterwards go for a tasty meal to celebrate. Here is a list of just a few movies that is on around the UK, but each cinema will have their own selection of movie showings, so please check your local cinema for details before going.

Films that’s on Around the UK are:
Walt Disney’s Aladdin
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Rocketman
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Outdoor Activities

There’s nothing like being out in the open when the weather is warm or with a breeze. I have concocted a list of some things you can possibly do with your dad on Father’s Day!

Marwell Zoo, Hampshire

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Marwell Zoo as 140 acres of ground and gardens to cover. It is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered species. It will be a unique once in a lifetime experience, as it will allow you to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most endangered species, a day you will never forget and it will give you some unforgettable memories.
From giraffes to rhinos, and reptiles to penguins. It features 5 adventure playgrounds, road and rail trains, this zoo literally as it all. If you get hungry why not head down to Marwell’s Café Graze Restaurant, where you can either eat in or take the food out to the picnic area. Marwell Zoo is a place to be, for taking the family out on Father’s Day, it as something for everyone.
https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/

Zip World
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Zip world is an adventure in itself, there is so much to do, whether you are flying through the caverns, while taking in some of their breath-taking views of the valley as you zip line across, it really is captivating. It is something that everyone must try at least once to get the full exhilarating experience. Adventure awaits for those who like to live in the fast lane. This adventure would be a good Father’s Day thrill fest and would best suit the older kids. Please check their website below for more details, and also on what you should wear to go Zip lining, Above all else be safe.
https://www.zipworld.co.uk/

Miniature Golf
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Looking for a more relaxing day out, why not go to your nearest Mini Golf Course. It is a place everyone can join in, The Mini Golf course is for children of all ages, so no-one gets left out and you will get to spend time with your dad while having a great family day out. You will be sure to make some lasting and happy memories along the way! If you are a beginner don’t worry, it will give your dad a chance to show off his own putting skills, as he will show you how to hold the stick, right down to hitting the putt. In next to know time you will out shine your dad. But always remember to have fun.

The Last Word

There are still things you can do with your dad on Father’s Day that doesn’t have to cost anything, like going on a picnic, or play ball, whether it is catch or football. Kids will love anything as long as they spend time with their dad on Father’s Day. So whatever you do have fun and enjoy. See you all next week, and have a Happy Father’s Day!

Celebrate National Women’s History Month

It is coming to the end of National Women’s History month, but I can’t let it pass by without saying something about why we celebrate this time of year. There as been so many remarkable women throughout the history that have changed our society that we live in today. If it wasn’t for the bravery of some exceptional women, none of us women would be free today.

Jane Austen 1775 -1817

Jane Austen was a literary figure that has had more influence on British culture than anyone else, including herself
would have ever known.

Jane started writing from an early age, she was only a teenager when she started putting pen to paper. She went on to write six major novels which revealed what it was really like to live in the 1700’s and early 1800’s. Her novels gave us an insight of what it was like to live during those times, something we would not of been able to do if it wasn’t for the likes of her novels. Four of which were released within just four years of each other

Whilst she was alive she had submitted her work anonymously, so she never got the credit or recognition she so deserved.. it was only when Jane died that it came to light, that she had wrote them herself. It as now been just over two hundred years since her death, and now there are millions of people that carry her around in their pocket every single day, because her face is now on the new £10 note it is a way of marking, on what a massive impact her work still as today.

Mary Seacole 1805 – 1881

Mary Seacole was in her late forties when she travelled from her home in Jamaica to Britain to offer her services as a nurse during the Crimean War (1853-!856). Despite her being turned down on numerous occasions. Mary was a woman on a mission as she refused to give up, she was a woman who was mixed race with a Jamaican mother and Scottish father, she has had to deal with prejudice and impediment her whole entire life.

Mary Seacole funded her own way across to the Crimea where she established the British Hotel near Balaclava. Nineteenth century soldiers had no support from welfare and Mary’s hotel provided them with support, and a comfortable retreat away from battle. They were given accommodations for them to convalesce the wounded and sick. Mary would nurse the wounded soldiers whilst still on the battlefield earning the title Mother Seacole.

Susan B Anthony 1820 – 1906

Susan B Anthony was born into a family that were Quakers and activists, against the anti-slavery movement. Susan was bought up in a strict Quaker climate, so it was only right that she followed in their footsteps, but she did something her parents couldn’t do and that was she changed the history for women all around the world.

Susan B Anthony was an American activist for civil rights. She campaigned relentlessly against slavery and for women to have the same right as men to vote. Susan was the co-founder of the Women’s Temperance Movement which campaigned to tighten up the law on alcohol. she played a significant part in equal rights for women, and in the passing of the nineteenth amendment (1920) which gave women the vote.

Emily Hobhouse 1860 – 1926

Emily Hobhouse was a campaigner for the British welfare during the time of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa. She has raised many funds for the Boer women and children whom were displaced by the war and they were housed by the British in overcrowded camps.

After Emily visited the camps she then submitted a report to the British government highlighting all the horrendous and terrible conditions they were submitted too, which then resulted in an official inquiry. Emily was one of the first women in history to successfully ever challenge the British government, and went on to raise social awareness for the plight of civilian populations caught up in conflict.

Bessie Coleman 1892 – 1926

In 1921, Bessie Coleman was the first American woman to get her international pilot’s licence, despite their being racial discrimination preventing her to go to the American flying schools.

Bessie travelled all the way to France to earn her license, she then returned to America where racial gender bias prevented from becoming a commercial pilot. Stunt flying was her only option and she staged the first public flight by an African-American woman in the US. It was third of September 1922, when Bessie Coleman had drawn in huge crowds to her shows, refusing to perform before segregated audiences and raising money to found a school to train black aviators.

I would like to thank all the women that changed this world we now live in for the better.

See you all next week!